Men's Football Blog

BYU and UCONN tied 7-7 at halftime

Oct 02, 2015 - Posted by Preston Brown at 9:49 pm | Permalink

On the first possession of the second quarter, BYU drove into scoring position, but failed to convert on a 48-yard field goal that missed just left.

The BYU defense forced a three-and-out on its first defensive series, holding the Huskies to a net loss of three yards.

Two series later, the Cougars charged down the field, but turned the ball over to the Huskies after Tanner Mangum's pass was intercepted in the end zone by Jhavon Williams.

On the ensuing drive, Bryant Shirreffs hit Arkeel Newsom for a 30-yard UCONN touchdown, tying the score 7-7.

BYU had a 38-yard field goal attempt blocked to end the half.

After first quarter BYU leads UConn 7-0

Oct 02, 2015 - Posted by Preston Brown at 9:01 pm | Permalink

On their second drive of the game, a 34-yard pass from Tanner Mangum to Terrenn Houk at the start of the series put the Cougars in scoring position.

BYU then scored the first points of the game on a 1-yard touchdown run from Francis Bernard. The touchdown was Bernard's first of the season.

On the next UConn possession, linebacker Sione Takitaki came up with a big sack for the Cougars, pushing the Huskies back against their own goal line, forcing a punt two plays later.

Following the game: BYU vs. UConn

Oct 01, 2015 - Posted by McKay Perry at 6:03 pm | Updated: October 2, 2015 7:34 pm | Permalink

BYU football is on the road again as it concludes September wtih a matchup against Michigan with kickoff at 8:21 p.m. MDT at LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo.

The game will be broadcast on ESPN2 along with online access through Watch ESPN.

Live television coverage begins at 7 p.m. MDT with BYUtv’s pregame show Countdown to Kickoff. Live postgame coverage on BYUtv will follow after the game.

Radio coverage of the game can be heard on the Cougar IMG Sports Network with the Voice of the Cougars Greg Wrubell. The broadcast begins with the pregame show at 6 p.m. MDT on KSL 1160 AM and 102.7 FM out of Salt Lake City and online at BYUcougars.com. The game will also be available on BYU Radio through Sirius XM 143 and online.

Visit the gameday page for more information on the matchup.

Getting to Know: Mitchell and Garrett Juergens

Sep 30, 2015 - Posted by McKay Perry at 11:48 am | Updated: October 1, 2015 6:12 pm | Permalink

Mitchell Juergens

Junior Receiver

Major: Finance—Garrett and I have had the same classes since freshman year

Stadiums excited to play in: Lavell Edwards, Nebraska, Michigan, Rose Bowl, Utah State

One thing people don’t know about you: I am a black belt in tai-kwon-do. I haven’t had to use it but if the opportunity presents itself I am trained. It’s a family tradition. All the kids in the family have a black belt. My mom’s strategy is to teach us discipline.

Other sports you enjoy: Baseball, golf, basketball, ran track

Favorite pro athlete: Wes Welker, Julian Edelman

Favorite football team: Houston Texans

Favorite movie: Fan of chick flicks—How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days

Favorite actor: Owen Wilson in Shanghai Noon

Walkup song in baseball: In high school it was Heartless by Kanye West, but anything that gets me pumped

Favorite food: Tacos but they have to be like the ones you can find in Mexico

Three things you did in the offseason: Golf, nap, started new TV shows

Who do you look up to: My family, all of my brothers and sister and parents, the guys on the team. I really look up to them and how hard they work. They’re really good guys.

Nicknames from the team: Jergs—Spencer Linton and Jarom Jordan gave me the nickname Mitchell "Money" Juergens, now my dad calls me that too, so maybe Money will catch on too.

Pregame ritual: I sleep a lot to pass the time before a game. Listen to music, stretch a lot, and drink a lot of water.

Favorite football memory: Scoring first touchdown against Virginia last year, key moment in the game that put us ahead, walking into the end zone and hearing the roar of the crowd. It was awesome. I should have planned my celebration. Crossed the end zone and emotions came over me and I started doing high knees—I get made fun of for that celebration dance against Virginia, but I loved it. I’m going to retire that; it was a one-time thing. It’s going to be more calm and collective because I’ve been there before.


Garrett Juergens

Junior Defensive Back

Major: Finance

Stadiums excited to play in: Big House Michigan, Rose Bowl, Arrowhead Stadium

One thing people don’t know about you: I was born with a congenital foot problem. My right ankle has no mobility laterally, I can only move it up and down.

Other sports you enjoy: Baseball and golf in high school—Chose football so I could play in LaVell Edwards Stadium

Favorite pro athlete: Brett Favre—nothing stops him from playing

Favorite movie: How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days—me and my wife’s favorite movie

Favorite actor: Matthew McConaughey—Fool’s Gold, Interstellar

Walkup song in baseball: Country music by Jason Aldean

Favorite food: Steak or pizza

Three things you did in the offseason: Went to the lake, napped and played softball. I played on an intramural softball team last spring and won the championship.

Who do you look up to: Dad—He has sacrificed everything for his kids. Everything he has done to get me where I am shows his love and I plan to do that for my kids.

Nicknames from the team: People call us Jergs because they can’t tell us apart. My defense brothers call me G because they know which one I am on the field.

Pregame ritual: I stretch a lot. I get nervous before every game and stretching calms me down. I don’t listen to music. It’s too distracting and I like to be aware of my surroundings.

Favorite football memory: First time playing in a college game—my first action was last year. I got to run down on kickoff in the Nevada game. I didn’t start playing until halfway through the season last year and stepping on the field and running out on kick off was an experience I’ll never forget.

Viewing options for BYU at Michigan

Sep 26, 2015 - Posted by McKay Perry at 7:13 am | Updated: September 26, 2015 7:17 am | Permalink

BYU football is on the road again as it concludes September wtih a matchup against Michigan with kickoff at 12:05 p.m. EDT/10:05 a.m. MDT at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor.

The game will be broadcast nationally on ABC along with online access on ESPN 3 through Watch ESPN

Live television coverage begins at 11 a.m. EDT with BYUtv’s pregame show Countdown to Kickoff. Live postgame coverage on BYUtv will follow after the game.

Radio coverage of the game can be heard on the Cougar IMG Sports Network with the Voice of the Cougars Greg Wrubell. The broadcast begins with the pregame show at 10 a.m. EDT/8 a.m. MDT on KSL 1160 AM and 102.7 FM out of Salt Lake City and online at BYUcougars.com. The game will also be available on BYU Radio through Sirius XM 143 and online.

Visit the gameday page for more information on the matchup.

Viewing options: BYU vs. UCLA

Sep 19, 2015 - Posted by McKay Perry at 8:52 am | Updated: September 19, 2015 2:24 pm | Permalink

BYU football is on the road again wtih a matchup against No. 10/12 UCLA with kickoff at 7:35 PDT/8:35 MDT at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.

The game will be broadcast on Fox Sports 1 with online access available through cable and satellite providers via the FoxSportsGo App and FoxSports.com.

Live television coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. PDT with BYUtv’s pregame show Countdown to Kickoff. Live postgame coverage on BYUtv will follow after the game.

Radio coverage of the game can be heard on the Cougar IMG Sports Network with the Voice of the Cougars Greg Wrubell. The broadcast begins with the pregame show at 5:30 p.m. PDT/6:30 p.m. MDT on KSL 1160 AM and 102.7 FM out of Salt Lake City and online at BYUcougars.com.

Visit the gameday page for more information on the matchup.

ICYMI: BYU football in the spotlight

Sep 18, 2015 - Posted by McKay Perry at 12:23 pm | Updated: September 18, 2015 4:10 pm | Permalink

Getting to Know: Nate Carter and Devon Blackmon

Sep 18, 2015 - Posted by McKay Perry at 12:03 pm | Updated: September 18, 2015 4:09 pm | Permalink

Nate Carter

Running Back

Major: Recreation Management
Year in School: Senior. I’ll be starting my graduate program for Strength and Conditioning after the season.
Stadiums excited to play at: I’m really excited to go to The Big House in Michigan, and also I’m excited to play in Nebraska. There’s a lot of history in both places.
One thing people don’t know about you: I speak Chinese and I’m minoring in Chinese. I served my mission in Taiwan and I fell in love with the language. I absolutely love learning it!
Other sports you enjoy: In high school, I played baseball and I wrestled.
Favorite movie: Dumb and Dumber. Classic comedy.
Favorite actor: There’s no such thing as a bad Denzel Washington movie.
Favorite food: You know it’s pretty funny…I have fallen in love with chicken and broccoli. And of course, peanut butter. I’m addicted to it.
Three things you do in the offseason: Cook, train, and visit St. George to spend time with family.
Who do you look up to: The first people that comes to my mind are my parents. They give my advice and I couldn’t ask for better examples in the home. I also look up to and respect Coach Wintrich and his entire staff. They show up every day to practice and increase the energy on the team.
Nicknames: I probably have the most solid nickname on the team: Shaky. Also, some of my teammates call me Nate-Weight.
Pre-game ritual: I always shoot a text to my family. I take a picture of the locker room and when my jersey is set up and the locker looks good. I also listen to mellow music to keep my nerves down.
Favorite football memory: My first carry against Nevada. It’s a little tainted because we didn’t win the game, but I felt like the coaches prepared me well. It was so nice to fill the shoes that I needed to.


Devon Blackmon

Wide Receiver

Major: Marriage and Family Studies
Year in School: Senior.
Stadiums excited to play at: I’m excited to go back to California and play in the Rose Bowl, because my family will be coming to watch.
One thing people don’t know about you: I make my own rap music. No one makes good rap music today, so I try and fill that void. I also love to act.
Favorite actor: Tupac was a good actor.
Walk-up song: I would probably walk up to one of my own rap songs. Either “Anthem,” or “Red-Shirt Season.”
Favorite food: I love pizza. Just pepperoni and just sausage on it, though.
Three things you do in the offseason: You’ll find me in the studio, playing football, or looking for a job.
Nicknames: Everyone calls me Pac, like Tupac. They all think I look like him or something.
Pre-game ritual: I have to go and smell each end zone before the game starts. I actually have to get down on the ground and smell it.
Favorite football memory: The first time I put on the pads and played at BYU. It’s nice to contribute to a team and do the thing that you love.

Nacua named Jim Thorpe Defensive Back of the Week

Sep 16, 2015 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 8:39 am | Updated: September 22, 2015 12:47 pm | Permalink

OKLAHOMA CITY – Junior defensive back Kai Nacua was named the Jim Thorpe Defensive Back of the Week for week two after recording three interceptions, including a game-sealing pick-six to help lead BYU past No. 20 Boise State, 35-24.

With his three interceptions, Nacua tied the BYU record for most interceptions in a single game. One interception prevented a touchdown for the Broncos and another was the 50-yard pick-six that sealed the Cougar win.

Nacua recorded five tackles in BYU’s win against Boise State to go along with his 76 return yards from his interceptions, which is the second most for a BYU player in a game since 2000.

Nacua earns Madness National Defensive Player of the Week

Sep 14, 2015 - Posted by McKay Perry at 11:51 am | Updated: September 14, 2015 11:52 am | Permalink

PROVO, Utah– Junior defensive back Kai Nacua was named the National and Independent Defensive Player of the Week by College Sports Madness for his performance in the 35-24 BYU win over Boise State.

Nacua tied the BYU record for most interceptions in a single game with three as he sealed the home-opening win with an interception return for a touchdown in the final minute of the victory over the Broncos. His three picks reached the mark set most recently in 2000 by Tyson Smith against Wyoming.

In addition to his five tackles and three interceptions, Nacua recorded 76 interception return yards for the second most for a BYU player in a game since 2000. Only defensive statistics since 2000 are officially recognized by the NCAA.